Why one should fight until the very end.
Sep 15, 2007, 3:44 AM
This is a game I played online recently. I was hurting pretty badly. I had made some poor decisions, and found myself in, oddly enough, a poor position. I decided to make an all-out attack on the black king. At some point I was playing for the draw by perpetual check. When it became clear that it wasn't going to happen, I threw more material away. Ultimately, I ended up with a win out of a game I thought to be hopeless.
The moral of the story is this: You are not the only player to make mistakes. As hard as you may try to throw away a game, sometimes your opponent will try harder! You don't improve your endgame skills by resigning all the time. When your position is bad and a quiet defensive plan just prolongs your demise, go crazy! Attack! What's the worst that can happen? You were going to lose anyway.